Adaption is one of the Scrum pillars that enable empirical process control. The other ones are Inspection and Transparency. Furthermore, regular Inspection and Adaption are demanded by the last principle of the Agile Manifesto. Therefore, many agile teams do regular retrospectives to improve themselves.

Agile Manifesto

In February 2001, 17 people met in Snowbird, Utah, for an exchange and discussion about their ways of software development. They followed different methods and agreed on a list on their shared ideas and the basic thoughts they had in common. This Agile Manifesto states 4 so-called values: Individuals and Interactions > Processes and Tools


Commitment is one of the Scrum values.


Courage ist one of the Scrum values, as well as of the XP values. It’s my favourite!

Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction is the first and highest of the principles of agile software development. See the Agile Manifesto.

Prime Directive

Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand. Norman L. Kerth: “Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Review” to be found in several translations here: Ben Linders: the


What is Responsibility? Responsibility is a mental state that is open, spacious, free, and safe. You trust that you have sufficient intelligence, creativity, and resources to face whatever life brings. Christopher Avery: “The Responsibility Process”